Ben Fogle is a presenter, writer and adventurer. His achievements include racing 160 miles across the Sahara desert in the notorious Marathon Des Sables. He has rowed the Atlantic Ocean in 49 days and crossed Antarctica in a foot race to the South Pole.
He has presented numerous programmes including BBC’s Animal Park, Wild In Africa, Countryfile, Crufts, One Man and His Dog and Extreme Dreams.
He writes regularly for the Sunday Telegraph and the Independent and has written five bestselling books. He is an ambassador for WWF, Medecins Sans Frontier and Tusk, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the President of the Campaign for National Parks. Ben is a special correspondent for NBC News in the United States, reporting from all over the world for Today, Dateline and MSNBC Nightly News.
Ben donated a deckchair design to Deckchair Dreams in 2007.
Ben tells us why we loves the Royal Parks and about his deckchair design:
LOVE, ADVENTURE AND DOG WALKING: The Royal Parks are my desert, my jungle, my ocean, my mountains, my countryside but above all my escape. I was born within crawling distance of Hyde Park which in turn has been the stage to my life. Loves and losses. Happiness and sorrow. Excitement and trepidation. In my lifetime I have walked over 20,000 miles of Hyde Park. I know every tree and each blade of grass. I have revised for exams and failed exams, walked puppies and mourned the loss of older dogs, courted and split up, trained for arctic expeditions and desert adventures. I even met the love of my life in Hyde Park.
The inspiration for my canvas is the recycling of life. Like my canvas, TheRoyal Parks have inspired countless brush strokes in my life. Others' discarded litter becomes another's treasure. My deckchair, like my park, represents my life so far. It is a story of adventure, dog walking and marriage."